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>> coming up, the latest on tropical storm earl. >> and early voting. >> and justin bieber's show at the state fair. "11 news saturday morning" starts now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group]
>> welcome to "11 news saturday morning." i'm lisa robinson. >> and i'm deborah weiner. >> earl is now a tropical storm, but it is still packing a punch. >> a weakening but still powerful storm, the path with heavy wind and rains. the vacation island received the brunt of the storm. heavy rains and hurricane-gust wind force hit the coast. many took cover once the heavy rain bands moved in. in chadam, the threat of earl was president enough to stop this couple from saying "i do." >> it will always be memorable, that's for sure. it has given us plenty of challenges, but nothing is stopping us. >> lasting memories for each
other and their special day shared with hurricane earl. the eye of the storm stayed far off shore but close enough to bring driving wind and rain to the barrier islands. on new york's long island, powerful waves and rip currents created dangerous waves at area beaches. >> there is definitely a rip tide out there. >> now that earl has arrived in new england, the question is, how much damage will he leave behind. >> we know it certainly could have been much, much worse. where is earl now, john? >> earl is clearing new england and heading to the maritime provinces of canada. >> it has gotten over -- it was far enough off shore it was just a big squalor really for us. nearby in the mid-atlantic region, hatteras probably got
the worst of it. it wasn't probably as bad as it could have been. in new england the storm has weakened. now, as as always happens behind a hurricane, you get excellent weather. here's the radar. h.d. doppler showing the eye of the storm. the radar is only seeng the wench half of the storm. the eastern half of the storm is too far away from the radar to pick up any echos. mostly up in the state of maine now. one good squalor line running through vermont and new hampshire and down into massachusetts. a couple showers along lake eerie, and that's associated with a cool front that went through. that's the next big thing. cooler air is coming in behind this. a cool front has cleared the area without rain behind this. we'll talk about a terrific holiday weekend. summer is on the way out. it is all coming up with the insta-weather plus forecast. >> earl has come and gone, and
as forecast, didn't come too close to the maryland shoreline. >> as it passed by ocean city, earl produced heavy surf and wind and a little rain. our news coverage continues now with lowell melser. >> i thought it would be a lot worse. i really did. we have been down here for hurricanes before, so it didn't seem like a big deal. >> the inlet became the town's tourist attractions yesterday as everyone wanted a glimpse of earl. >> windy, right? the problem was, many were wondering where he was hiding. >> it wasn't as bad as he wanted it to be, but that's nice because now which don't -- we don't have to worry about anyone getting hurt and we can see mother nature at her best. >> flooding was limited to the inland parking lot and low-lying areas and beach erosion was relatively minor. >> actually, i think the effects
we received were less than we expected. >> music to the mayor of ocean city's ears who were expecting more of a punch. >> i i this we made out very well. i don't know of any damage in mid-town. the surf is rough. we will probably face some erosion, maybe clean-up of sand on the beach parking lot or things like that. >> also breathing the a sigh of relief, the head of emergency operations. >> everyone had their game face on, and we all did what we need to do, but were fortunate. earl spared the city. >> more good news, no injuries or death, and in the end it was kind of the perfect viewing storm in that it wasn't dangerous. >> it is fascinating to see something like this. >> what do you think of all the waves out there? >> they are something else. i'm glad i'm not in them. >> lowell melser, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a cruise ship is returning home after hurricane earl forced a few changes at sea.
many were on the carnival cruise the pride. it is now scheduled to spend two days at sea after making it to the bahamas. it will return to baltimore on sunday. you can get a look at earl with a slide show of the best storm pictures. you can go to and click on "slide shows. 0 i " >> no deaths reported after a powerful earthquake that struck new zealand. 7.1 quake in christchurch. hospitals dealing with lots of cuts and bruises, but again, no deaths. >> in some ways, we have been extraordinarily lucky when it comes to the citizens here. in terms of the scale of the damage, i think it is absolutely immense. we are really just beginning to come to terms twt scale of what we've -- with the scale of what
we've got in front of us at the moment. >> more than 14,000 earthquakes are hit by new zealand. only 10 caused any damage. >> a mother and a child without a home this morning. it was not an accident. it happened in the 300 block of valiant circle. fire officials were called to the scene and had the fire under control in 25 minutes, but officials believe it was arson. >> if anyone has any information leading to the cause of the fire, because it was incediary and intentionally set. >> the woman and child displaced from the fire are being helped by the red cross. either one of them was injuried. >> another fire possibly set on purpose is under investigation, this one in elkton. it took place at the u.s.a. sports club. the fire was started early friday morning. l automatic sprinklers were
activated and put the fire out. no injuries were reported. >> in "commitment 2010" report this morning, the strength of political challengers in the race in baltimore. more from the news room. >> new reports show bob ehrlich has out-raised governor martin o'malley by a margin of 2-1. $725,000 in donations for ehrlich, about $300,000 in donations for o'malley. and challenger greg bernstein continues his surge to out budget pat jessamy. >> challenger greg bernstein
continues to pull in pl voters. the report shows he has raised more than 17,000 in 19 days from august 10 through the 29th. most of the donations, according to the bernstein campaign, less than $100 each. that leaves him cash on hand, a comfortable push leading up to the election. pat jessamy has pulled in $28,244 over the same 19-day period. the new report also shows $100,000 loan to the jessamy campaign that's apparently the loan we reported wednesday. a personal loan jess any is making to her campaign to help -- jessamy is making to her campaign. >> a spokesman for the o'malley campaign called the recent edge in funding by ehrlich is no big deal. he noted o'malley maintains a
big advantage, a margin of 3-1 in cash on hand. wbal-tv 11 news. >> maryland's first attempt at early voting began yesterday, and officials tell us day one went well. george lettis has the first numbers. >> doug and laurie sweeney are two of thousands that took advantage of maryland's early voting. >> we like to get these done and not have to submit absentee balance yots. >> it is the kind of turnout state aelection officials had hoped for. the countied -- counties with the top turnout were prince georges and ann arundel at a assistant third. >> in primary electrics, they usually present 20% of the total electric trat. >> and if the nubbeds stay the stame as they are today, we will reach 20%.
>> these ann arundel candidates did not expect early voting to keep them busy all day. >> it surprises me a little bit. it shows a good decision was made in giving the voters this. >> does the opportunity to vote over six days instead of one day favor one party's chances of winning over ood? >> that is tough to say. it is maryland, ask it is primarily a democratic state. >> it shows depement army turning turnout is l triple that of republicans. >> if you are a voter you feel passionately about your candidates you will get out and vote anyway. >> early voting continues today. 36 polling places will be open across the state. they will close on stunned. early voting will resume on sunday through thursday of next week. in the news room, george lettis, wbal-tv 11 news. >> and remember where are you stationed for commitment 2010.
that means we are your source for stories, information, and anything else you need to be fully informed when you head to the polls. >> you will find a wealth of do not tent online at -- content online at just click on "politics." >> a new study links off the prosis drugs with -- osteoporosis drug with cancer. >> and new information on the hostage-taking situation i
>> let's look at the radar that covers the great lakes. that's where most of the action is right now. the remnants of earl as a hurricane, now a tropical storm, are off the cape cod coast. the eye is well off the coast. it is moving well toward halifax and nova scot ifment a. again tropical storm strength earl. now it is over cooler water, and and it is just out of the hurricane status.
once it hits land, it has gotten to cooler water. once it hits land, it will weaken more, but it is carrying a lot of moisture with it. the state of maine catching rain, and that will continue up into canada. there you see a few showers off lake eery -- eerie. that's what's left of a cool front that went through our area. that's what's setting the stage for our weekend. the air will be nice here over the next few days. let's look outside and see what we have. 71 at the airport. inner harbor. 57% the humidity. way, way down. with the air so dry now that that number is way, way down. the air begins to eat up this morning. 29.70 the barack obama ter. that's down, too. the hur cape was just off shore
yesterday. west winds at 18 miles an hour. there will be a bit of a breeze today. 18 was the hyatt the airport. we didn't quite hit 90 officially. the inner harbor made it to 91 degrees. 71 and 78 the respective lows. ap outer band of clouds from earl did produce a few sprinkles at the airport and over the bay. we did catch a rain band yesterday from earl this far west. although most of the ack was on the eastern shore. 73 at annapolis. at the boardwalk, 72 degrees. west minister 70. frederick 68. and frostburg right now through the satellite picture showing the path of earl. it stayed off shore in most of the consumer dri. there is that cool front. it dissolves.
any rain associated with it last night with dismate. cold front way off shore. big area of high pressure coming in. kind of rain-free over the next few case dies days. the here's the forecast. a lot of sun today, breezey. mild. 77 to 82. north to northwest winds at 10 to 20 miles an hour. seven days worth of weather. on sunday, 78. on monday 83. lots of sunshine. and then we stay dry next week. maybe that's the down side of this forecast. things are getting a little dry. 88, 89, 72. not bad temperatures for early setcht. >> coming up in medical alert. a prescription drug? >> you are far from alone. at how more people at every age are taking more pills. next mple >> i'm rob roblin. >> i'm rob roblin. justin bieber is performing here
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>> in this morning's "medical alert" many women take drugs to fight osfeoporosis. the drugs are all in a class used to strengthen bone. research on whether they lead to cancer is mixed. recently a study found no link, but now a new study finds a link between taking these medicines for more than five years and cancer of the throat. researchers say more studies are needed to determine long-term risks and benefits of these drugs. the number of americans young and old taking prescription medicines is going up. many people are on five different medications.
>> one of these, a couple of those. more and more americans are taking prescription drugs. >> the number of people using five or more medications has increased 70%. >> prescription drug use has risen in the past decade. pharmacists say they are not surprised. >> it confirms what we see every day in practice. many pharmacists will tell you they have seen this increase every year. >> according to the report, nearly half of all americans have takenen at least one prescription drug in the last month. asthma medications are most clon commonly used by children and attention deficit most used by teens. anti-depressants used by middle-aged adults, and 85% of older americans were on cholesterol drugs. what they did not look at was over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. >> the more drugs they are
taking the more they are at risk of medical problems. >> problems can come from drug interactions. >> at a time when many medications are picked up at a drive-through window, pharmacists say the best issue is to get out of the car and consult with experts directly. >> it is the weekend hundreds of maryland teens have been waiting for. haven't you heard? justin bieber at the maryland state fair. more when we come back. first a look at events going on around town this weekend. how would i make school a better place?
field trips to the zoo! more basketballs. soccer balls. and a museum! [ growls ] more basketballs. soccer balls! more books. yeah. like just a ton of books. [ girl ] and books about soft things. soft and slimy.
[ female announcer ] now clip double box tops for education. from totino's pizza rolls and party pizzas. and make their school a better place. >> the baltimore antique show is underway. it features a monet worth $5.8 million. tickets are $12. >> many will be happy to hear justin bieber is headed to maryland after having to cancel a couple concerts last weekend. the newest super-star will perform at the state fair, which means bieber fever is here. rob roblin has more. >> how popular is justin bieber? tickets at the fair here sold out in 18 minutes.
>> 16-year-old justin bieber is the newest heart throb. the canadian-born singer was discovered on youtube. his debut single "one time" charlotted in the top 20 in 10 countries. he will perform at the state fair sunday night, and at the fair there is already excitement. just mention his names, and his fans will tell you, that -- >> i like his songs. >> he's a really good singer. >> he's really cute, too. and he doesn't disappoint his fans. ♪ you are my love, you are my heart ♪ >> grace performed one of his songs for us today. but when we tried to talk with her, she has what many of you ladies will identify with, a
brother. >> he's awesome. >> you can imitate one of his songs? >> no. >> here's the big winner. 11-year-old jacqueline who won tickets to the concert and will meet justin. >> you are going to meet him, right? >> yes. >> what are you going to say? >> i don't know. hi, and i like your music. >> the concert is sunday night at the state fairgrounds. wbal-tv 11 news. >> you can share your state fair photos. go to and click on "you local." we can show pictures and video on the news. >> you know what he is, right?
our david cassidy. and we had cassidy fever, didn't we? come on, you did. >> let's just talk about that little brother. >> he was adoreable. >> we all have one of those. >> yes, we do. >> coming up, a look at our top stories. >> including a chilly 9 -- chilling 911 call alerting police a gunman had taken hostages. hostages. the tape when we return. as a career prosecutor i made decisions on facts not politics. in washington, i'm trying to do the same. that's why i voted to crackdown on wall street and protect the bay.
and why i voted against the $3 trillion budget, the big bank bailout, and against the health care bill. you see for me it's not about democrats or republicans it's about common sense and doing what's best for our families. maybe that's why i'm ranked one of the most independent members of congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message.
>> welcome back to our news. >> there was a big squalor, i guess is the best ray to put it. barely tropical storm force winds made it, and we had a trace of rain here in baltimore. a sprinkle. an outer band of clouds did produce eye few sprinkles out over the bay. >> not wreaking havoc. >> it was interesting for folks who may have gone to the beaches just to see all the wave action. by the way, the surf will still
be dangerous this weekend out at ocean city because of the after-effects of the storm, so to speak. the seas stayed chopped up for quite a while. the storm is off cape cod, and it is not a hurricane anymore. earl is now a tropical storm. no rain around us. it is all to our north. we'll talk about a lot of sun for this holiday weekend coming up. >> earl is one of our top stories. officials say it appears there has been only minor damage from the storm. there are a few power ouges, and isolated -- outages, and isolated flooding. there were no injuries and a little damage on north carolina's outer banks. >> the primary election is 10 days away on september 14th, but
you can now vote early at 46 polling places around the state. polling places stay hope open through next thursday with the exception of sunday. for more information on where to go to the polls and how it all works, go and click on "politics." >> in the city, police are investigating a shooting in west baltimore. police were called inform bakers street. medics rushed the victim to the hospital. no word on his condition. however, homicide detectives were called to the scene due to the serious nature of the shooting. >> police have received the 911 tapes from wednesday when a gunman stormed discovery tv head quarters and took hostages. the first call game came from security inside the discovery communications building. >> the man went on to tell the operator he was in the operator
with the suspected gunman. >> i'm behind the main lobby in a secure space. >> hyped the main lobby in a secure space. >> hold on just a minute, ok? >> do you see anybody? >> no, i'm afraid to stick my head out because he's going to be coming our way. >> montgomery county 91. what is the emergency? >> there is a man with a gun at 1 discovery place inside discovery communications. >> 1 discovery place? >> yes. and he has a gun. he's got people on the floor. >> there is a -- there's nn someone in the building with gun. i can see people on the floor in the building. >> there's people on the floor in the building? >> yes, i can see it. >> then a call from an employee. >> when i walked by him, he said no one was moving, and he shot in the air. i am hiding in the kitchen with some employees of the cafe.
>> another security guard contacted 911 and while on the phone noticed the picture of suspected gunman of james lee that was posted inside the security office. >> james lee, clean shaven, 40 years old. >> hold on one second for me? >> you guy the guy on the camera? he has one person on the ground in front of him? >> correct. correct. >> and then an undercover officer approached the building. presumably one of the first officers on the scene. >> someone was running up with a arrive in their arms. >> is that the police officer? >> no, he's in shorts, t-shirt, black gentleman. and he has a yellow florida he isent thing -- florescent thing on his shoulder. >> ok. you're good to go. >> is that a police officer? why yes.
>> that was tracy wilkins reporting. policed shot and killed the gunman, known as james lee. >> the potomac is not known for sharks. >> more bad news on the jobs front could be bad news for the president and his party. mime brian moore in washington. -- more coming up. >> not much -- nice weather [ male announcer ] itchy dry scalp? get selsun blue for itchy dry scalp. strong itch-fighters target scalp itch while 5 moisturizers leave hair healthy. selsun blue. got a clue? get the blue.
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have a little bit of a breeze, but that's about it. the storm is on its way out. the storm is earl. 70 mile an hour winds due east of cape cod and pulling away, heading toward the canadian maritime provinces. a couple showers along the shoreline from cleveland past beautiful to near syracuse, new york, and that's really almost lake-effect type rain showers. the cool front that came through the area is on its way out of here, and it produced no rain at all. it went through dry, but it is going to produce the result of nice beautiful conditions for us over the neck few days. let's look at the situation outside right now. still dark, generally clear. 71 at the airport, 73 at the inner harbor. humidity way down. this is a dry reading for the predawn hours. that number will be down even further once the sun is up and it starts to heat the atmosphere. 21.70 now that the hurricane is
pulling away from the area. that hurricane was intense, low pressure, but the effects are lessening, and our pressure will rise over the next couple days. west winds at 18 miles an hour at the airport. now, i drove in and i didn't feel any breeze except for that bus that passed me this norning on i--- morning on i-70. other than that, it wasn't very breezey. at the runway, they have gusts of almost 20 miles per hour. easton 72. elkton is 69. west minister 70. frederick 66. 58 at mchenry. readings down a little bit. at monterey in west virginia, it is 66 degrees. that's cooler drier air coming in. satellite imaginary from yesterday until now, it is pulling awhich. -- away.
it is under hurricane strength right now. here you see the remnant clouds from a cool front that passed through the front. the front has gone through dry, and there is nothing but good air behind us here. the area of high pressure will keep us rain free. mostly sunny, breezey, mild. 70 to 82 the range. on target temperature-wise. 83 on labor day. great conditions. morning lows tomorrow morning, and monday morning we'll be in the low 50's and no rain in the forecast for next week. temperatures rise to close to 90 by next wednesday. >> thank you. well, it is not unusual for fishermen to pull striped bass and crabs out of the potomac,
but sharks? a fisherman sade says he pulled -- says he pulled this eight-foot bull shark out of the potomac. he says he caught the mark in st. mary's county some 50 miles upstream from the ocean. some experts say bull sharks are the most dangerous type in the world to humans. >> could be a lot of bull. >> there is much more ahead. >> including the latest job numbers out and the mixed sflals in our "project economy" report. >> first a look at last night's winning lottery numbers.
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>> a better than expected jobs report. the dow ended the day up 121 points. the nasdaq gained more than 33. and the s&p 500 capped off at almost 14.5. so what was it that sent stocks north? private employers added 67,000 jobs. the problem remaining is unemployment. brian mooar has our "project economy" update from washington. >> the good news going into this labor day holiday? private employers added 67,000
new jobs in august, making a double-dip recession seem less likely. the bad news, unemployment went up anyway to 9.6% showing once again the economy isn't going anywhere fast. >> jobs are being created, they are just not being created as fast as they need to. >> though private employers added jobs, more than 100,000 census -- more than 54,000 census workers were lost. the unemployment rate is going up even more. with a critical election two months away, republicans argue the president's economic plan is failing. >> we should be growing at 5 or 6%. >> this cunling week the president is expected to unvain new proposals to help spur job growth.
>> we're so thankful. >> not far from the white house, a local activist is going -- people are losing confidence and faith. >> if can't any worse. i may as well pray. >> like millions, this man is looking for work and help wherever he can find it. president obama wants help from congressional democrats. both jobs on the line in november. some are only willing to go so far. in washington, i'm brian mooar, wbal-tv 11 news. >> and maryland congressman weighed in on the concern over jobs. he said the first step needed to get americans back to work is to make sure the banks are lending again. >> one of the most important things we will do when we get back to the congress is work very hard with republicans and democrats in a bipartisan way to give incentive to thely guy to start creating jobs. >> and we refer to the jobs report on our web site where you
can also see unemployment figures by state. check out our economic survival guide and share your own stories. go to and click on "project economy ." >> kia joins a list of auto makers with recalls. >> details ahead in "consumer alert." >> decision day for the ravens. who we will and won't see on the roster this season. that straight ahead as well as when we will finally see ed reed at the earliest on the field at game day. stick around. we're coming right back.
>> informed is the day the ravens have to cut down their roster. the ravens have to shape things by determining what will take place with ed reed. the six-time pro bowl safety will not play until -- he cannot play for the first six weeks of the season. he does not count against the 53-man roster the team will set later on today. in today's cutdown the ravens
also have decide whether to keep three quarterbacks or two. troy smith's future remains in the balance. just to play the numbers game, the fourth-year quarterback. >> we have four quarterbacks of ball playing. like i said, every single one of the guys that i got a chance to be out there on the feelt with played tremendously hard. i'm leaving this stadium with my head held high. >> school is back and so is high school football. we will start things this week with the game you sleck thed as the game of the week. six-yard run for the touchdown. third quarter, old mill cutting back into it. power running. kept the ball down to the one. ball comes loose. whistled dead. just two plays later, down again. this time straight up the middle
in through six. cut the lead 17-7. time for special teams to come on. old mill. matt lane can't handle the snap. recovers the ball at the 1 yard line. 30-7 over old mill. gonzaga paying a visit. flanker pass. walker wide open. 55 yard touchdown. 7-0 eagles in front. second quarter, gonzaga gets right back into it. perfect decision and a six-point run and we've gt a game. jorgeson, how is this for the pass. mrks mcdonia -- opening at home against perry hall.
clemens nice running behind a terrific offensive line. the offensive line would open enough of a hold. in for the score. perry hall knocks off joppa town. 24-7 the final. lewis at home for the season opener taking on north western. johnson with the interception. watch this return. a little spin move and down the sideline he goes. 38 yards, 20-0, northwestern. i love northwestern's jerseys. you got to like this one, too. not a bad gate to say the least. 38 yard touchdown. northwest would have 28-0 and pulling away to celebrate the season opener. buck showalter at the helm. nine-game stretch at home right now. all teams in the american league east. and the o's off to a 1-3 start
in that nine-game stretch losing last night to tampa bay. matt garza 9-1. strikes out brian roberts swinging, and that set the tone for the night as the o's could not keep up with garza. drops a soft single into left field. up kevin millwood. joyce in to score. tampa bay goes on to beat the birds 4-1 last night to open the weekend set at camden yards. i'm gerry sandusky. hope your weekend is off to a fantastic start. >> it is 5:55. 75 degrees on tv hill. here's a look ahead to our next hour of "11 news saturday morning". >> i'm george lettis. early voting has begun in maryland. >> plus, we check in on ocean city where they are breathing a sigh of relief as tropical storm earl pulls north. >> it pulls out of the picture and great weather ahead.
details ahead. >> we have entered one of the busiest times of the year on our highways and neighborhood streets. school buses, minivans, and s.u.v.'s filled with students are now on the road. add in a class of first-time drivers, and your daily commute just got more crowded. it also became more dangerous. cars and students are filling
the cross-walks, texting, talking, and tweeting. all distractions. maryland ix like many other states will require hands-free devices and texting while driver g driving is against the law. log on to and make the 3-d pledge. don't drive distracted. in partnership with shock trauma and maryland public schools, we are encouraging all drivers to put down the phone and pay attention to the road. there is no phone call or message as important as a life. and the life you save could be your own.
as a career prosecutor i made decisions on facts not politics. in washington, i'm trying to do the same. that's why i voted to crackdown on wall street and protect the bay. and why i voted against the $3 trillion budget, the big bank bailout, and against the health care bill.
you see for me it's not about democrats or republicans it's about common sense and doing what's best for our families. maybe that's why i'm ranked one of the most independent members of congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message. >> hello and welcome to "11 news saturday morning." i'm deborah weiner. >> and i'm lisa robinson. a sigh of relief this morning as what was once a category four hurricane, earl, is no longer a concern of ours. >> still packing a punch as it pushes north. we begin with michelle franzen. >> packed w